Causes of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause.

  • Over-prescribing of antibiotics
  • Patients not finishing their treatment
  • Over-use of antibiotics in livestock and fish farming
  • Poor infection control in hospitals and clinics
  • Lack of hygiene and poor sanitation
  • Lack of new antibiotics being developed

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